Suspect charged in death of Chickasha man
OKLAHOMA CITY– There is new information involving the violent death of a Chickasha man. Danny Franklin was shot to death earlier this week. His body was found near his family's business.
Prosecutors believe George Rouse II was the one who pulled the trigger.
They said he even confessed to the crime.
Friday, Rouse faced a judge for the first time.
Prosecutors said he admitted to investigators in a text message that he killed the victim.
Rouse's attorney said his mental state is questionable but prosecutors don't buy it.
There is also another twist in this case that could also affect the outcome.
Rouse was denied bond and will call the Grady County Jail home for the next several months unless he's labeled not competent to stand trial.
“I think there's a question about competence, that's why I'm having him evaluated,” his attorney, Al Hoch, said.
Prosecutors in the case disagree, saying Rouse knew what was going on when he pulled the trigger and killed Franklin.
“I don't have any reason to believe that he wasn't fully aware that he didn't know what he was doing at the time of the killing,” Grady County Assistant District Attorney James Walters said. “I don't have any reason to believe that he doesn't believe the nature of the consequences of his crime.”
Court records released Friday state Rouse admitted to a sheriff's deputy via text message the he shot Franklin.
The message read “I'm writing a statement. This is the last thing I'm going to do. The truth is he robbed my brother's house while I was getting guns out of the attic and lied about it causing me to look like a thief. He told me the truth about it and laughed. I snapped and shot him in the head with a 22. I'm sick of all the drugs and this way of life.”
This isn't the first time Rouse has been associated with a murder.
Back in 2009 his fiancé’s cause of death was ruled a suicide.
Rouse was rumored to have been her killer, but it was never proven.
Now authorities in McClain County where it happened are taking a second look at the case which prosecutors say could potentially affect how this case against Rouse is handled.
“With both of those going on at the same time something extraordinary would have to happen in that case in order for me to be able to use it in this one,” Walters said. “I don't foresee that one getting any resolution unless he makes an admission.”
Prosecutors believe Rouse was fleeing to Florida when he was arrested.
Rouse's attorney says Rouse will be evaluated in the next week or two.